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Norwalk's Center For Contemporary Printmaking Opens FootPrint Exhibit

Best in Show Award Winners: Left: Juha Tammenpää, Sundom, Finland, "Gravity," Etching and aquatint; and right, Miriam Rudolph, Edmonton, Canada, "Are You There?" Intaglio with chine collé.
Best in Show Award Winners: Left: Juha Tammenpää, Sundom, Finland, "Gravity," Etching and aquatint; and right, Miriam Rudolph, Edmonton, Canada, "Are You There?" Intaglio with chine collé. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. – The Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk will open the 5th Biennial FootPrint Exhibition Sunday, June 5, with a reception and awards presentation from 2-5 p.m.

The juried biennial print competition and exhibition is limited to works that measure exactly 12 inches by 12 inches -- one square foot. The exhibition continues through Sunday, Aug. 28. The FootPrint International is conducted every other year, alternating with CCP’s Biennial International Miniature Print Competition. This year’s juror, Andrew Raftery, professor of printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design, reviewed 266 prints from 139 artists representing 18 countries. Raftery selected 80 works by 62 artists representing 16 states and 14 countries.

“When I look at prints, I often remember a conversation I had a long time ago with Eugene Carroll, an art historian of the Italian Renaissance and print connoisseur, who observed, ‘Great prints always seem larger in our imaginations than their actual size,’” Raftery said. “The prints selected for the exhibition are representational, some artists exploit pure mark-making to articulate an involving visual world… I invite viewers to delve deeply in the worlds created by these artists on their FootPrints.”

Award winners and countries represented are:

  • Best in Show prize – Juka Tammenpää, Sundom, Finland
  • Best in Show prize – Miriam Rudolph, Edmonton, Canada
  • Second prize – Cleo Wilkinson, Brisbane, Australia
  • Third prize – DeAnn Prosia, Newtown, Connecticut

“I am so pleased that Andrew Raftery joined us as juror for the FootPrint exhibition. I enjoy this annual process of talented jurors selecting works of art uniting technical skill, artistic talent and compelling content in a 1-square-foot-format. It is gratifying to see so many artists entering these international exhibitions whether FootPrint or Miniprint,” said Laura Einstein, executive director said of the FootPrint Exhibition.

Like all exhibitions at the center, the 5th Biennial FootPrint Exhibition is free and open to the public. Located in Norwalk’s historic Mathews Park, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

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